Australian restaurant chain Kickin’Inn has said ‘cheers’ to essential workers at three life-saving charities – Australian Red Cross, Little Wings & Lifeline – making $1000 donations to each organization and delivering delicious seafood lunch packs to staff working on the frontline during the pandemic.
The donations and COVID-safe deliveries mark the start of the ‘kajun’ seafood brand’s Kickin’Inn says Cheers to Champion Charities campaign which will also see the restaurant donate $5 from every takeaway sale of their signature Shrimp Martini to the three chosen charities for the next three months (1 September – 30 November 2021).
“The women and men employed – and volunteering – in our charitable sector are working harder than ever at the moment to help our fellow Australians who are in greatest need. We decided as a business that we’d like to do a little something to say thank you to their staff and we knew our customers would also want to take part too… and, let’s face it, there’s really no better way to say ‘cheers’ than with one of our signature Shrimp Martinis!” said Kickin’Inn Founder & CEO Ravi Singh.
Kickin’Inn employees from the chain’s eight Sydney & Melbourne restaurant locations hand-delivered the surprise lunch packs and $1000 cheques to staff working at Lifeline, Little Wings, and Australian Red Cross offices across both cities.
Lisa Cheng – Lifeline: “Since the lockdowns were announced, Lifeline has received a record number of calls for help from Australians in need. Thanks to the team at Kickin’Inn for shining a spotlight on our volunteers who are working harder than ever at the moment.”
Clare Pearson – Little Wings: “Throughout the pandemic – and multiple lockdowns – thousands of children across NSW have been braving treatment for life-threatening illnesses. It’s never been harder for parents from regional areas to get to Sydney to be with their kids in hospital, so our work here at Little Wings has never been more important. We are enormously grateful for the ongoing support Kickin’Inn is providing at this really challenging time.”
Supipi Jayawardena – Australian Red Cross: “The Red Cross has been standing with Australians through disasters and emergencies for 106 years and the COVID pandemic is no exception. A huge thanks to Kickin’Inn for supporting our staff who are providing psychological first aid to those in quarantine and organising hygiene and care packages to be delivered to remote communities.”
Over the coming weeks, further donations will be made to the charities – on behalf of Kickin’Inn customers – with $5 from each takeaway sale of the popular signature Shrimp Martini menu item to be split amongst them.
“The communities where our restaurants are located have always been so supportive of us – and continue to be during this tough time. We started this campaign to give back to some of the hardest working members of those communities… and I have no doubt our customers will throw their support behind the Kickin’Inn says Cheers to Champion Charities campaign when they next place an order from one of our restaurants,” said Ravi.
Throughout the latest lockdowns, Kickin’Inn restaurants at Port Melbourne, Canley Heights, Campbelltown, Petersham, Zetland, Emerton, Bankstown & Kirrawee have all remained open for pick-up and delivery.
“I’ve been getting out on the road and doing deliveries with my staff over the past few weeks and it’s been great seeing our customers (albeit behind masks) and bringing a bit of our famous Kickin’Inn vibe to their homes during these challenging times,” said Ravi.
Kickin’Inn launched in Australia in 2018 as a dining experience like no other, where fun is the most important item on the menu! Kickin’Inn staff take pride in introducing patrons to their unique blend of ‘kajun’ flavours, blending 55 herbs and spices plus a couple of secret ingredients.
In addition to the signature Shrimp Martini, the restaurant’s fan favourite (and mouth-wateringly messy) seafood boil mixed bags have also amassed a cult-like following. Diners regularly share photos on social media dressed in their Kickin’Inn bibs and gloves, using the hashtags #kickinvibe and #kickinlove.